Merger Memphis & Shelby County Schools

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, explores whether the City of Memphis will contribute to the budget to the Unified School District.

Barnes is joined by Memphis City Councilmen Shea Flinn and Lee Harris.

For a review of the top news stories of the week, you can tune-in to Behind the Headlines Friday evenings at 7 on WKNO-TV 10

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This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, County Commissioner Mike Ritz and Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald join host Eric Barnes, publisher of the Memphis Daily News, and Bill Dries, Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News, to discuss the latest developments on the Unified School front, including Judge Hardy Mays' decision to consider appointing a "special master" to streamline decision-making between the Unified School Board and the su

This week on the Behind the Headlines Radio Roundtable, the superintendents of the Memphis City and Shelby County Schools, Drs. Kriner Cash and John Aitken, discuss the final year before the merger of the two school systems.

Tensions are mounting yet again in regard to school consolidation.  The Shelby County Commission filed suit to stop referendums on municipal schools, alleging that part of the intent is to create racially segregated schools.  All parties will appear before federal Judge Hardy Mays on Monday.

With special guests Steve Mulroy, from the Shelby County Commission and Mayor Keith McDonald of Bartlett. 

The panel discusses the progress of a few bills in the Tennessee Legislature relating to the creation of municipal school districts. 

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It looks like the suburbanites of Shelby County will not get to vote on whether or not to form their own school districts, at least not in May. 

 

State attorney general Robert Cooper, Jr. issued his opinion Tuesday afternoon—the suburbs outside of Memphis can’t plan to create their own separate, municipal school districts until after Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools merge in August of 2013.